This June, I complete my second year as Chair of the UW Department of English. Looking back over the last nine months, I am pleased to say that, thanks to long hard hours of work from our faculty, staff, and students and more than a little help from our alums, the year has been a resounding success. I’m proud of what we as a community have managed to accomplish.
The biggest achievement has been a complete overhaul of our web site. You’ll find the new version at... Read more
During 2015-2016 the English Department's BA and MA/Ph.D. students have continued to excel. They have been honored multiple times for their accomplishments in scholarship, teaching, and public service. Our majors, in fact, won an astounding threePresident's Medals, the highest award for undergraduate academic achievement here at the University of Washington. President Ana Mari Cauce hands out only five such prizes per year; we can truly say that our students are among... Read more
The Research Page on the new English Department web site is a convenient place to learn about the array of books, articles, essays, stories, poems, and other writings that our world-class faculty are busily publishing. We'd particularly like to draw your attention, though, to six books that came out during this past academic year. They showcase the range and diversity of the work underway in our department: you'll find everything from discussions of... Read more
In each issue of the new digital version of English Matters, we plan to spotlight an individual or group affiliated with the UW English Department who is striving to engage different communities and publics and, on whatever scale, make this world a better, more just place in which to live. First up is Shawn Wong and the Red Badge Project.
Wong is pretty much a superstar here at the University of Washington, where he has... Read more
A degree in English can be a passport to many different and wonderful career paths. Teaching, publishing, and journalism are among the most popular, but the options are limited only by one's imagination. Here are a few examples of UW English Department alums who have been making news in areas often thought to be open only to graduates of STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) degree programs..... Read more